Small-scale species dynamics in semi-arid steppe vegetation in Inner Mongolia

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Abstract. Small-scale species dynamics in semi-arid steppe vegetation under grazing and recovering from long-term grazing were followed during five years. Most species successively increased their frequency during the study period, whereas some early successional species decreased in frequency. Perennial Artemisia spp. dominated the vegetation and showed low mobility, whereas small annual or short-lived perennial species had a lower frequency and higher mobility. Significant associations between species were few.

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